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St. Martin Parish Council moves to renew library millage

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Posted at 3:14 PM, Jun 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-05 16:14:18-04

ST. MARTINVILLE, La. — The St. Martin Parish Council held a special meeting on May 19 to discuss a proposed resolution regarding a Library Millage that is set to expire this year and calling a special election for its renewal.

St. Martin Parish President Chester Cedars stated during the meeting that the St. Martin Parish Library actually has two millages - one for 3.65 mills that expires this year and one for 4.0 mills that expires in 2024.

According to the meeting minutes, the request is to renew the 3.65 millage and to rededicate 50% of the tax proceeds for acquiring, constructing, improving, operating and maintaining public buildings and recreational facilities; supporting programs for the elderly in St. Martin Parish; and payment of mandated expenses for the operation of the criminal court system.

Cedars stated that the amount that each area would receive will be determined during budget preparations by the parish council.

However, if the 3.65 millage is not renewed, Cedars said that the parish would not lose out on anything because it wasn’t money the parish had before and the library would continue on with its 4.0 millage. It would also not affect the fund balance.

According to Cedars’ estimate, that the millage, which yields about $1.4 million, would give the parish government an estimated $700,000 if it is renewed.

The parish council adopted the resolution 6-3.

The millage renewal is set to appear on the ballot for the Tuesday, Nov. 3 election.

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